> BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
> The WSJ examines the world of technology in business.
> October 29, 2008, 5:00 pm
> Netbooks and the End of Windows Vista
> H-P on Wednesday unveiled a “netbook,” a miniature laptop that
> costs $399. The announcement makes it the latest company to
> widely sell smaller, cheaper – and less powerful – PCs.
> For years, success in the PC world was measured in improvements
> in storage and processing power. But several computer makers late
> last year introduced netbooks, which were initially aimed at
> people who couldn’t afford conventional computers. These
> computers have taken off like wildfire.
> They emerged too late to make a dent in last year’s sales
> figures, but netbook sales should reach 10.8 million in 2008, or
> about 7.3% of all laptop sales, according to IDC, which is set to
> release its netbook forecast late Wednesday. Netbook sales are
> expected to reach 20.8 million in 2009, or about 11.1% of all
> laptop sales.